The Best Country Funeral Songs to Play

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When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to choose the right music to play at their funeral. There are many factors to consider, such as the person’s favorite songs, the mood you want to set, and the overall tone of the service.

If you’re looking for country funeral songs, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ones to play. From classics like “I Will Always Love You” to more recent hits like “Die a Happy Man


When a loved one dies, it can be hard to know what to say or do. One way to show your support and care is by choose the right funeral songs. Music has a way of summing up our feelings when we can’t find the words to express them. It can also bring people together in a shared experience of grief and healing.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect funeral song for your loved one, consider country music. Country songs about death often have a message of hope and acceptance. They can be fun and upbeat, or slow and sentimental. There are many great country funeral songs to choose from, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ones.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional country song or something with a more modern sound, you’re sure to find something on this list that will honor your loved one’s memory.

“Amazing Grace” by John Newton

“Amazing Grace” is a hymn that has been sung by millions of people around the world. It is one of the most popular funeral songs because it is so widely known and because it is a song that can be easily adapted to any situation.

The lyrics to “Amazing Grace” were written by John Newton, a former slave trader who had a dramatic conversion to Christianity. The song was first published in 1779, and it quickly became popular among Christians of all denominations.

“Amazing Grace” has been recorded by countless artists, including Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, and LeAnn Rimes. It has also been featured in movies such as “The Blind Side” and “Remember the Titans.”

If you are looking for a song that will touch the hearts of those who are grieving, “Amazing Grace” is an excellent choice.

“I Saw the Light” by Hank Williams

“I Saw the Light” is a truly beautiful song about finding hope and peace in the afterlife. The lyrics are incredibly moving, and the melody is absolutely gorgeous. It’s no wonder that this song is often played at funerals.

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” by A.P. Carter

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” is a 1907 gospel song written by Ada R. Habershon with music by Charles H. Gabriel. The song is often recorded as “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)”, and was first recorded in 1935 by the Carter Family. It is a classic of country music, bluegrass, and American folk music, and has been recorded by many artists including Red Foley, Florence Henderson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Doc Watson, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Earl Scruggs and many others. The lyrics of theCarter Family’s original recording express a hope for reunion in heaven.

“I’ll Fly Away” by Albert E. Brumley

“I’ll Fly Away” is a gospel song written by Albert E. Brumley in 1932. The song became popular among churches and has been recorded by many artists. The song is often played at funerals as a way to comfort those who are grieving.

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” by Anthony J. Showalter

One of the most classic country funeral songs, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was written in 1887 by Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman. The song has been recorded by a number of artists over the years, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Alison Krauss.

The lyrics of the song offer comfort and hope to those who are grieving, with lines like “What have I to dread, what have I to fear? / Leaning on the everlasting arms / I am safe and they will bear me up.” If you’re looking for a classic country funeral song that will offer comfort to those who are grieving, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” is a great choice.

“The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard

This hymn, written in 1912, is a staple at Christian funerals across the world. It is a simple song that speaks to the heart of the Christian faith, with lyrics that focus on the cross as the ultimate symbol of love and sacrifice. The old rugged cross was first popularized by evangelist Dwight L. Moody, and has been recorded by countless artists over the years.

“In the Garden” by C. Austin Miles

In the Garden is a country funeral song written by C. Austin Miles in 1912. The song is a hymn about spending time with Jesus in heaven and is a popular choice for funerals, memorial services, and grave-side ceremonies.

“In the Garden” has been recorded by a number of country artists over the years, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Alison Krauss. The song has also been featured in movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou? and The Apostle.

If you are looking for a country funeral song to play at a funeral or memorial service, “In the Garden” is a beautiful choice.

“How Great Thou Art” by Stuart K. Hine

This Christian hymn celebrates God’s power and glory, and how we are all humble before Him. The lyrics ask God to help us see His majesty in all that He has created. The hymn first appeared in Hine’s book of worship songs, Songs of Glory, in 1953. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Carrie Underwood, who won a Grammy Award for her version in 2007.

“Peace in the Valley” by Thomas A. Dorsey

“Peace in the Valley” is a beautiful country funeral song written by legendary gospel composer Thomas A. Dorsey. The lyrics of the song paint a peaceful picture of the afterlife, and the simple melody is easy to sing along to. The song has been recorded by many different artists over the years, but one of the most memorable versions was recorded by country music legend Hank Williams Sr.

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